The impressive line up of beaches in Kannur can take up a big chunk of your time and are best for those who want to swap crowded mainstream beaches for secluded spots. Here are five beaches you can visit while touring Kannur .
Muzhappilangad drive-in beach
This world class drive-in-beach, where you could have a fun drive almost 5 kms, is one of the top tourist attractions in Kannur. During peak tourist times, there can be a line up of vehicles. Nevertheless, the beach stays entertaining. Apart from the driving experience, you can also view many black rocks. Past the rocks, only mild waves reach the shore, making the beach great to swim.
Just 2 kilometres away from Kannur town, the conveniently located Payyambalam beach is a large stretch of golden sand frilled by coconut greenery. This secluded location is known for providing one with the opportunity to simply relax or enjoy a family picnic in absolute tranquility. It is well known for the well constructed and laid out gardens and a gigantic sculpture of the mother and the child by Kanayi Kunhiraman. Comfortable accommodation facilities are also available near the beach.
The beach hamlet of Thottada is a brilliant mix of backwaters, coconut groves and a fine sandy coast. Thottada River flows into the sea, just near the beach. Unlike many remote beaches in Kannur, Thottada beach have a few home stays, conveniently on the beach-backwater corridor. About 8 kms south of Kannur town, the beach is remote, although not too far to access.
Kizhunna - Ezhara beach
The Kizhunna - Ezhara beach, located around 11 km from Kannur, is situated between two red coloured stone cliffs, and has a crescent shape. The twin beaches in Kannur town are amongst the most beautiful beaches in Kerala. These are idyllic places to relax your tensed mind. The areas of the beach are protected by coves, so tourist can have plenty of good time here. Since, not many people know about this beach the ambiance here remains unspoiled.
Meenkunnu is an isolated beach 12 kms north of Kannur town. Meenkunnu means hill of fish, in local vernacular, indicating the strong fishing tradition of beach side villages. It is interesting to watch people fishing and catching fish right at the beach. It is also one of the best places to go surfing in India.